Yesterday we asked that challenging question as we explored the topic of violence and attempted to understand God’s character as it is depicted in the Old Testament.
I am currently reading a book by James Hollis called “What Matters Most.” In one of the chapters he discusses the fact that we die many small deaths to become larger. I agree with this idea.
I allow God to bring about certain deaths:
The death of my pride, the death of my judgments, the death of my fears.
But what about the death of those things that I cling to?
My need to feel safe, my need to be loved, my need to feel secure about my future.
And do I have trust like Abraham? I raise the knife. Will God ask me to plunge it into the very promise I believe He gave me or will God stay my hand?
I allow the death of everything I have, everything that I am. When Jesus said, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from me, the answer was the cross.
Is violence ever a good thing? What have I to gain?
The Kingdom of God.
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